Artie, aware that Finn is an emotional wreck, visits him in the tire shop and persuades him to sign on as co-director of the musical (Grease, as selected in some previous episode). Finn's nervous at first, but after a pep talk from Coach Beiste, he recruits Bland New Guy (whose name may be Rider, but that seems too ridiculous) to audition for the male lead. Artie also recruits Mercedes and Mike Chang to come back to school to act as choreographer and vocal coach. The big conflict is driven by Finn's desire to cast Not-So-Unique as Rizzo in the show, to Sue's dismay. She tries to get Figgins to intervene, but Finn won't back down.
There's also an insane amount of teenage jealousy floating around. Marley seems into Bland New Guy, which just causes New Quinn to set her eyes on him. Meanwhile, New Puck is trying to pretend that he's not insanely jealous of the attention Marley is giving Bland New Guy. The end result is that New Puck and New Quinn audition for the musical, and end up competing with Marley and Bland New Guy for the same roles. And the winners are Marley and Bland New Guy.
In the meantime, Will and Emma are at loggerheads about whether she'll join him in Washington. After some unofficial counseling from Coach Beiste, Emma agrees to go. But Beiste knows she's really not into it, and encourages her to be honest with Will. So she is, and they work it out. And Will arranges with Figgins for Finn to take over the glee club.
Oh, and Blaine is totes depressed about the breakup with Kurt. And Tina is overwrought at seeing Mike. All the standard teenage romantic angst.
Featuring Foreigner's "Jukebox Hero," performed by Finn and Bland New Guy; Neon Trees' "Everybody Talks," performed by New Puck and New Quinn; Pink's "Blow Me (One Last Kiss)," performed by Marley and Not-So-Unique (a.k.a. Urethra Franklin); and a couple of songs from Grease.
Finn is working at Burt's tire shop, looking kind of blue-collar sexy in his jumpsuit. Artie visits him to see how he's doing. Finn's doing as you'd expect -- he's realized he's a total failure at everything in life. Artie thinks Finn is too good for self-pity, but Finn (and the audience) know he's not really too good for anything. Artie invites Finn to be his co-director for the musical, since Grease was Finn's idea. Finn begs off, but caves after Artie holds the entire show hostage by claiming that he'll quit as director if Finn doesn't get on board. Well, at least this will give Finn an excuse to hang around the high school without looking like a total pervert. Title card.
Hallway. Sam is at the bulletin board, signing up for auditions for the musical. There are a bunch of other names on the list, none of which we'll ever hear anything about. Sam asks Blaine, standing beside him, if their rank as Student Council President and Vice-President don't give them some pull in getting their desired roles, but Blaine's not even sure he wants to audition. And that's because he has the sadz since Kurt dumped him after Blaine admitted cheating. Kurt won't speak to him, and returned his peace offering of the Gilmore Girls box set unopened. Amusingly, Kurt and Blaine's long-term plan was to retire in Provincetown and live in a lighthouse. So they planned to become garden gnomes? Sam tells Blaine that he'll get through the heartbreak and walks away. And then Blaine sings "Hopelessly Devoted to You," from Grease (duh) as he walks down the hallway. And really, he is hopelessly devoted to Kurt... except for that one time he screwed around with that other guy. Not so devoted at that particular moment. After Blaine spends some time looking through his Kurt scrapbook, we see him singing on the bleachers while watching football practice. The director makes a really unfortunate decision to shoot Blaine in close profile as he sings some of the biggest notes and his chin is just -- unpleasantly protuberant. It's not a good look. After walking through the middle of the football team's practice session, he finishes the song on the auditorium stage, auditioning for Artie and Finn. They love the performance, and think he'll make a great Danny Zuko. But Blaine breaks down in tears and tells them he can't play the lead in a love story while he feels the way he does. But when they ask him if can play any part, he tells them he can probably manage Teen Angel.